Re: Industrial plans for farmland, April 6
I was shocked to learn that politicians are planning to turn 558 acres (226 hectares) of South Delta's agriculture land into commercial warehousing as a part of the B.C. Gateway Transportation Strategy.
It concerns me because I live here and it's in my back yard and it will dramatically change our community. But what concerns me more is that politicians would even think about destroying valuable farmland to construct warehouses for iPads and flat screen TVs imported from Asia.
Consider the facts: the world's population is seven billion and is estimated to exceed nine billion by 2050. By 2050, we will need to double our global food supply to be able to feed our population, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
In some parts of the world starvation and malnutrition is already a daily reality. As global warming threatens to reduce crop yields, the thought of turning valuable farmland into commercial buildings is not only irresponsible, it's insanity.
Delta has some of the most fertile farmland in Canada and we should all feel blessed and privileged to live here. We are also part of the global community and Canada is large contributor to the world's food supply.
Politicians need to start thinking and acting responsibly to preserve our most valuable resource for future generations.